The Executive Assistant and Head of Social Media at the Presidency, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe has reacted to the rejection of the 2022 budget statement by Parliament on Friday, November 26, 2021.
According to him, instead of blaming the speaker of parliament and the NDC Minority Caucus, members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) should blame their constituency chairmen, regional chairmen and some regional ministers for the rejection of the budget.
He noted that some of the Constituency Executives, Regional Executives, Regional Ministers and even National Executives campaigned against their own parliamentary candidates in the 2020 elections because their preferred aspirants lost the parliamentary primaries.
“Blame those regional and national executive who overtly and covertly disqualified some parliament aspirants because they want their preferred aspirants to go opposed,” he stated.
He expressed disappointment over how they in the NPP are quick to bring people down and take so much delight in doing that.
“The brother against brother and pull him down in this government and party is simply unbelievable. The end results is the sorry state of the number of parliamentarians we have in Parliament of Ghana today,” he stated.
On Friday, November 26, a one-sided House, voted to reject the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy which was presented to the House by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta November 17, 2021.
The Majority Group had previously stormed out of the House following a disagreement with the Speaker over his request for all non-MPs to leave the chamber for a vital voice vote.
The vote in question was to determine whether the Finance Minister’s request for time to engage with the House leadership on components of the budget before the approval vote should be granted.
In a unanimous decision, the 137 Minority MPs rejected the Minister of Finance’s prayer. They also went further to reject the Budget by unanimously voting against it.